Keratosis Pilaris, a common skin condition, is finally getting its due thanks to Yami Gautam. The affliction affects nearly 40% of the people and yet not many know of the same. It is thanks to famous Bollywood actor – Yami’s Gautam’s latest post on Keratosis Pilaris that there is a general buzz. But what is it? What is the skill condition, what are its causes, symptoms and treatment.
What is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis Pilaris is a relatively normal skin condition that affects a vast population. In this, the skin appears to be patchy and red with small rough bumps. This leaves the skin looking uneven and red at places.
As per Mao Clinic, the condition is caused by the buildup of Keratin at the hair follicles which in turn blocks the opening, causing patchy rough and bumpy skin. Keratin, a protein, blocks the openings which leads to the appearance.
Causes and Symptoms
As explained above, the condition is rather common and caused due to excessive buildup of keratin. There is a suggestion that it may be also due to genetic disease of skin condition called atopic dermatitis. Dry skin makes the condition worse. It is for this reason that the condition is more prominent in dry and cold weathers.
Symptoms of the condition include
- Tiny bumps mainly on upper arms and thighs, cheeks which are painless
- Dry & rough sandpapery skin
- Skin condition that worsens in winters or dry weather
- Keratosis Pilaris Treatment
As such, there is no treatment. Since it is more of a skin condition or type, doctors usually only prescribe topical skin creams and moisturizers. Seen more often in kids, the condition is also known to resolve itself by a certain age.
There is nothing to be worried about. As Yami Gautam rightly said, this is not a disease and less painful and not ‘as bad as your mind and your neighbour aunty makes it out to be’.
The move by the bold Bollywood star had received applause from all corners for talking about the ‘normal’ skin condition and normalizing various skin forms. What is important to understand and accept is that ‘glowing flawless skin’ is essentially a healthy skin. It may be dark, bumpy, rough or patchy…but it’s yours and you must accept it.
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